I am particularly glad that it is Mother’s Day today. About three weeks ago, I collapsed while at the hospital after receiving an infusion treatment for my lung disease. I simply could not breathe. The doctors/nurses removed fourteen pounds of fluid from my heart and lungs. It was like drowning from the inside out. Six days later, I was released, and while not back to ‘normal,’ I am very grateful to be here.
I learned something very interesting during this hospitalization. I normally have my fingernails done with acrylic nails. What I didn’t realize is that the acrylic blocks the readings for the oxygen monitors. It is very likely that my oxygen levels have been quite low for a long time – but I wasn’t getting accurate readings. So – the acrylic nails are gone. I originally did them – not just because the look nice – but because my ‘real’ nails are so brittle. Getting accurate oxygen readings is more important – so no more acrylic nails for a while. (I know some of you will miss – or not – my photos of my nails. )
Once I was moved from intensive care, I shared a room with another patient. She was in her late fifties, early sixties. She has been through brain cancer, lung cancer and is on dialysis. But I am pretty sure that isn’t enough to stop her. She was in full control and spunky as can be. Before she left for surgery to replace a port (likely for her chemotherapy), she called her daughter to wish her a Happy Birthday and apologized for not being able to visit her that day. She also kept the nurses on their toes! I would bet she is a wonderful Mom and a reminder for me that things could certainly be worse.
And when I came home from the hospital, I had this little girl who is there to comfort me whenever I sit on the loveseat …
Happy Mother’s Day to anyone who considers themself to be a Mom in any way.
Thanks for reading!